Hideaway in Myvatn
For a first trip to Iceland, people often forget about Northeast Iceland. Yet this region is the one in which one comes face to face with an Iceland close to its traditions. Akureyri, the capital of the north, is a city of 10 000 people with an infectious charm, nestled in a verdant setting (whose people are also said to be the most welcoming)!
And Northern Iceland is home to a wonderful selection of stunning natural sites: Myvatn and its breathtaking geothermal manifestations, the splendid Godafoss waterfall, Husavik and its world renowned whale watching…
It’s also the only place on the island to see the midnight sun. Evidently, even for a first trip to Iceland, the north is worth a detour ! Iceland has enjoyed a real boom in tourism in recent decades. However, much of this has been focused on famous Southern destinations, such as the Blue Lagoon or the capital Reykjavik. This has meant that the more rural Northeast Iceland has remained largely unspoilt by any kind of alterations to the spirit and rhythms of life which have continued on Iceland for generations.
It’s not only traditional industries like fishing which remain, but also that traditional Icelandic charm which is common to locals, as well as their favourite places to drink and dine here. Authenticity is an increasingly difficult commodity to find in a travel destination, but you won’t be disappointed by the North. We’ve handpicked tours and locations which let you explore with complete independence, getting that “lost in nature” feel while stood in some of the most gorgeous scenery you can hope to find anywhere in the world.
If you’re looking for real discovery and adventure, or that sense of magic which only the Arctic North can conjure, then untamed Northeast Iceland is definitely the place for outgoing holidaymakers or simply those who want to see something new.
Take a look at our travel inspirations in Northeast Iceland: